Alan Lee legt am Set selbst Hand an
Alan Lees Büro ist eine Landschaft aus unzähligen DinA3-Skizzen mit Designs zur HERR DER RINGE Trilogie: Die Baumkronen in Lorien, die Elbenschiffe an den Grauen Anfurten, zahlreichen Abbildungen von Orks, Hobbits, Ents und komplizierte Schnitzereien an den Gebäuden der Elben.
John Forde von E!Online hat sich mit dem 53-jährigen Künstler am HERR DER RINGE Set in Neuseeland unterhalten. "Ich habe den HdR das erste Mal als Teenager gelesen und er beeinflusste mein Leben gewaltig," berichtet Lee, "Ich erinnere mich an Zeiten, in denen ich darüber nachdachte, was für einen außergewöhnlichen Film das abgeben könnte."[weiter]
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From Sketch to Screen with Alan Lee
by John Forde
Alan Lee's sunny second-floor office is a sea of A3-size sketch pads, covered with LOTR drawings: The treetops of Lorien, the boats of the Gray Havens, innumerable Orcs, Hobbits, Ents, Elves and intricate carvings of remote Elven buildings.
As he fills in the detail on a Rohan tapestry--"This will hang in the Golden Hall," Lee explains--the 53-year-old conceptual artist discusses the massive project.
"I read LOTR first when I was in my teens, and it influenced me enormously," he says. "I remember at the time thinking that this would make an extraordinary movie."
Lee was commissioned by the Tolkien estate to illustrate the 1991 commemorative edition of LOTR, and he joined director Peter Jackson's movie team in 1997. He's charged with drawing the physical world of Middle Earth, creating sketches that become 3-D reality.
"It's been a huge challenge," says Lee, "especially the Elven buildings--Rivendell, Lorien and the Gray Havens. We knew they had to look exceptional. You need a sense of their artistry but also their mystery. In some cases you have so little clues, so you explore different ideas.
"In general, I don't focus on individual characters, I'm more interested in showing a character in relation to an environment. Tolkien describes these ancient cultures with thousands of years of history. I enjoy showing the enormity and the detail of these worlds."
The exception to Lee's no-close-up rule is Galadriel, whom he draws as golden-haired and milky skinned, part Virgin Mary, part pre-Raphaelite goddess. "Galadriel is an ideal of so many icons of women," he smiles. "She has to be both divine and vulnerable. I thought Cate Blanchett was a brilliant piece of casting."
For his book illustrations, Lee works in watercolor. "Oil paint is heavy, and you have to work it as a medium--as you would with clay. But watercolor is just pushing water around the page. It helps me convey light and air and a sense of magic, which is a crucial part of what Tolkien is about."
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